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As the tear gas clears, a turning point in Hong Kong’s protests

Shibani Mahtani explains how Hong Kong’s demonstrations are at a crossroads. Plus, Luisa Beck on how people’s tours of concentration camps are colored by present-day anxieties. And Hannah Sampson on why you’re not alone in the “Mile Cry Club.”
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A turning point in Hong Kong’s protests
Protests have roiled Hong Kong for weeks, sparked by an extradition bill that would allow Hong Kong’s government to extradite people to other countries — and mainland China. 

On Monday, the 22nd anniversary of Hong Kong’s transfer of sovereignty from Britain to China, protests took an angry turn. Demonstrators stormed the legislative building, taking down photos of pro-Beijing lawmakers and spraying graffiti. 

Hong Kong correspondent Shibani Mahtani says that while the extradition bill has been delayed, there is still growing demand for maintaining Hong Kong’s distance from the Chinese government. 

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Can we learn something from how Germany confronts its past? 
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) said the detention centers on the U.S. border are like concentration camps: an “institutionalized practice in the home of the free.” 

Such comments are resonating in places such as Germany where reminders of the Holocaust’s horrors are still close.

Berlin-based reporter Luisa Beck visited former Nazi concentration camps to see how current anxieties resonate. “Whereas visitors here used to focus only on the past,” Beck says, “present-day worries about democratic freedoms now eerily loom over the commemoration grounds.” 

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‘Mile Cry Club’
It might be the altitude, or the anxiety of flying, or the vodka. Whatever the cause, you’re not imagining it and you’re not alone: People can get extra emotional on an airplane. Post reporter Hannah Sampson says there may be a few explanations as to why. 

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